Bathing Beauties

Image caption: Roca’s Inspira Collection

The parties may gather in the kitchen, but bathrooms are all about enjoying some ‘me’ time! in.Design takes a look at some sumptuous ways to achieve this.

Inspira (pictured), the latest collection from Roca (, is a ground-breaking versatile vitreous china and furniture collection that provides everything you need to create an individual bathroom space. Described as ‘a new way of defining a bathroom collection,’ Inspira is one single collection based on the three most essential geometrical shape and design lines – Round, Soft (with soft angles) and Square – providing solutions not only for the conventional consumer but also for those who want to see their own style and personality reflected in their perfect bathroom.

The collection features basins with every installation solution in mind; on- countertop, semi-insert and wall-hung as well as close-coupled and back- to-wall WCs and bidets, plus wall-hung options with concealed fixing, including the Rimless WC. To optimise even the smallest of spaces, Inspira also offers a close-coupled round WC in a compact back-to-wall version.

Inspira furniture units, available in a choice of dimensions and finishes – Glossy White, City Oak and City Oak/Dark Glass Mirror – complemented by column units offering great storage and practical uses (internal lighting, adjustable glass) that can all be perfectly combined too. Additional storage is also provided by two fully extracting drawers with no cut-out (required for the basin trap) featuring a compartmentalised interior and a tactile textured finish in dark wood. The furniture units also feature a durable soft-close system that allows a soft and silent closing.

Washbasins made of Kaldewei ( steel enamel lend new sparkle to small bathrooms. The unique material quality and timeless design of Kaldewei washbasins makes them highly persuasive, and they can be installed anywhere in a guest bathroom.

Steel enamel is the new standard for washbasins; cleaning and maintenance of Kaldewei washbasins is child’s play because they feature an easy-clean finish as standard. Just a quick wipe with a soft, damp cloth and the washbasin sparkles like new again.

Victoria + Albert Baths ( has announced the latest updates to its Italian-designed Lario 100 vanity unit, with new wall-mounted designs. Available in either stone grey or anthracite, the Lario 100 collection is made here in the UK!

The new model – the Lario 100 Volo – is completely wall hung with no legs for a contemporary look. It has a beech timber carcass with a waterproof lacquer paint finish perfect for constant use. The wall-mounted version is a space saving option with the practicality of a traditional vanity unit.

The classic Lario 100 Volo combines an integrated basin made from Victoria + Albert’s exclusive QUARRYCAST® composite material, rich in Volcanic LimestoneTM with a built in overflow and a matching ribbed ‘skirt’, mirroring the contours of the basin top. It also features integrated storage with a modern, minimal vanity drawer and removable cherry wood drawer dividers.

And Victoria + Albert Baths’ latest addition to its Traditional collection is the Warndon. Featuring a classically ribbed rim around the edge of the bath, the Warndon adopts the detailing originally found in classic stonework and design details of a traditional Roman bath with elegant and modern lines, making it suitable for a range of interior styles.

With a deep, double-ended bathing well, the Warndon follows the traditional design rules of symmetry and makes a perfect visual centerpiece to enhance balance in the bathroom. The design falls gracefully to the floor, concealing all pipe work.

Deep oceanic tones, marble and boudoir-inspired bathrooms continue their rise to the top as Heritage Bathrooms ( explores its trend predictions for 2017.

Working together with its Interior Design Consultant Charlotte Conway, Brilliant Lighting’s Design Director Iain Shaw, and Grech and Grech’s designer Donna Grech, Heritage reveals the textures, colours and finishes you could be embracing this year.

“The rich emerald greens and moody greys that we saw last year are continuing their reign across décor and furniture, but with opulent pearl grey, bronze, midnight blue and teal materials also being added for more depth,” said Charlotte. “For a unique way to add deeper shades to the bathroom space, opt for timeless pieces with small finishing details such as Heritage Bathrooms’ limited edition Glastonbury Midnight Blue taps, which combine a rich midnight blue handle with a traditionally curved basin tap. In smaller bathroom spaces, these details make a real impact and allow for a quick and easy on-trend update to an existing suite.”

In bathrooms with darker palettes like this, complementary and well thought-out lighting is essential to make the most of the space and draw focus to key areas.

“Lighting plays a crucial role in changing the ambience and utility of the room, such as taking you from a refreshing early morning shower to enveloping you in a relaxing spa-like evening soak,” added Iain. “When updating your bathroom with new products and decor, you need to think about areas you want to emphasise and how lighting can help to draw the eye to your favourite pieces. For example, soft uplighting positioned around the base of the bathing area is a subtle yet effective way to ensure the bath is a focal point, whilst also producing a relaxing glow.”

As the trend for creating more glamorous bathrooms continues to grow, it’s all about adding embellishment to your space and accessorising with stylish and opulent finishing touches.

Heritage Bathrooms has collaborated with British designer and illustrator Eleanore Longhurst and Charlotte Conway to unveil a stunning new range of design-led Limited Edition taps.

Inspired by trends gathered across an 18-month period, the new collection is made up of four different designs across four different tap ranges. From on-trend colourways through to intricate inset detailing, the new additions to the Heritage line up offer homeowners quick and affordable updates for the bathroom space, that ooze statement styling.

“Homeowners looking for a quick bathroom revamp can now get creative with brassware,” said Charlotte. “Let taps and showering become the jewellery of your space, perfectly accessorising the rest of your bathroom outfit!”

The unique new styles feature across Heritage’s popular deco-inspired Gracechurch taps, the traditional Glastonbury taps and the sleek Hemsby range. The one-off design which has been created by Eleanore Longhurst has been complemented with a brand new tap range called Lymington.

Lustrous tones such as warm polished coppers and rose golds are an easy way to add a golden glow, and the Hemsby Rose Gold taps are perfect for creating a sumptuous impact.

“Bathroom design is becoming much more about statement styling than just functionality now,” Charlotte concluded.

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